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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Blogtour: Review: How To Mend a Broken Heart by Anna Mansell

Shhh… don’t tell anyone, but I’ve been up most of the night reading Anna Mansell’s debut, How to Mend a Broken Heart… and it’s lovely. Truly lovely.

The ingredients? Take a whole cast of damaged, lost characters. Whip them up and push them to the very edge of self-destruction. Get them all together in one pot. Add a whole heap of emotions, secrets, loss and love and leave to bake. And you end up with a gorgeous, bittersweet story.

I have to be honest, I’m terrible for choosing a book by its cover, and very rarely read the blurb before I get stuck in – and I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting such an emotionally complex read… I thought I was headed into a lighter story. But having got to know this unique cast of characters, fallen a little bit in love with Mark, and decided that I’d quite like to have Kat as a best friend because there is just so much about her to admire- I’m very glad that I picked this up and got sucked in.

The author has identified that universal sense of being lost- of not belonging- that I’m convinced that each of us feels- if only fleetingly- at some point in life. It’s this that makes for a brave and compelling debut novel.

A beautiful story about how much we can all impact on each other’s lives – for good, for ill, strangers, family and friends. And how simply caring can be enough to save someone.

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The Blurb:

Hello? Rhys Woods? I have a patient here I think you know. Yours is the only number in her diary…

When Rhys is called to the hospital to meet Susan, a woman he barely knows, he is compelled to help her. Still grieving the loss of his brother months earlier, Rhys knows all too well the feeling of loneliness.

There are years between them, but Rhys is the only person Susan will respond to, and when she asks him to bring her her most treasured possession, a book of fairytales, he is intrigued.

Hidden in the book is a clue to Susan’s past, and the painful regrets she carries with her. And as Rhys starts to unearth Susan’s secrets, he finds that his own grief begins to heal too…

Together, Susan and Rhys must learn to live again. Can they help each other to find happiness and finally mend their broken hearts?

How to Mend a Broken Heart is a heart-wrenching and absorbing story about second chances, forgiveness, and making every second count, perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes, Lucy Dillon and Miranda Dickinson.

About Anna Mansell

Anna spent almost twenty years trying to shoehorn writing in to her career as a marketing manager for dance and theatre companies. Eventually, she did what you are not remotely supposed to do and walked away from an excellent job in order to try and become a published author. Three years, lots of tears and some slightly hairy bank balances later, she met Kirsty Greenwood and the rest, as they say, is history. Anna lives in Cornwall with her husband and two kids. She feels very fortunate!


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